History of VAP
The Serra Clubs of Dallas and Fort Worth, in support of the vocations offices of the Diocese of Dallas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, have sponsored the VAP every summer since 1990. The VAP weekend has provided more than 1,100 men and women with support in their process of discerning whether they may have a religious vocation in the Catholic Church.
What is Serra?
The Serra Clubs of Dallas and Fort Worth are chartered clubs of Serra International. The first Serra Club was organized in 1935 in Seattle, Washington, by a group of lay men who decided to meet regularly to discuss how their Christian values could be lived out in their professional lives. Within several months they decided on an additional focus: the encouraging of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Today this remains one of the primary missions of Serra International. They chose Padre Junipero Serra, the noted Spanish missionary, as patron. Father Serra is now a saint, having been canonized by Pope Francis during his visit to the United States in September 2015. Today there are about 500 Serra clubs in 46 countries with a total membership of about 15,000 men, women and permanent Deacons.
The Fort Worth Vocations Office is here to assist men and women discern their vocation to the priesthood and religious life and to walk with them on this journey.